On April 28, 2018, the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame celebrated its 21st induction ceremonies, held annually to recognize and to honour individuals and teams who, as a result of their respective efforts, have contributed to the advancement and the quality of sports in our community and brought acclaim to the Town of Whitby. The inductees for 2018 were Jay Harrison (Athlete - Hockey), Peter MacKellar (Athlete - Hockey), and Bob McKenzie (Media).
This year’s Gala was held once again at Royal Ashburn Golf Course; their onsite staff did an outstanding job in supporting our committee in the coordination and hosting of that night’s festivities. The formal part of the program began with the introductory procession in which the inductees are led by a bagpiper to their respective seats, followed by welcoming words from Rocky Gualtieri, President of the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame, and Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell, who both spoke about the importance of the Hall in preserving and promoting the rich history of sports in Whitby. Rob Snoek, Sports Director, Durham Radio and radio play-by-play voice of the Peterborough Petes acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and Evanka Osmak, Host, Sportsnet Central was the keynote speaker.
The program included a full meal service, as well as a silent auction, raffles, and a spirited live auction during which participants bid on a microbrewery tour and two TSN studio tours, generously donated by Lux Limousine Services and TSN The Sports Network respectively; as an added bonus, lucky tour winners received complimentary gift certificates from Royal Oak Pub for their after-tour enjoyment.
The evening concluded with video tributes for each of the three inductees, followed by their individual remarks to all those in attendance. A common theme throughout their speeches was their immense pride to identify themselves as representatives of our town throughout their chosen careers; to tell anyone and everyone that he was born, raised, and played his minor hockey in Whitby (Jay) or that it was indeed a privilege to wear the Whitby Dunlops jersey (Peter) or that he specifically articulates Whitby as his home town whenever he is asked the question (Bob).
The Whitby Sports Hall of Fame committee could not sustain the Hall without the continued support that we receive from members of our community.
We extend our sincere thanks to our Corporate Partners, Gala Sponsors, Program Advertisers, Auction Items Donors, and all friends of the Hall who chose to share their evening with us on the 28th of April, and we are already looking forward to hosting our 22nd Annual Induction Ceremonies at Royal Ashburn Golf Club on Saturday, April 27, 2019.